We Have an Anchor

What a hope we have! It is strong and sure

Author: Priscilla J. Owens
Published in 5 hymnals

Representative Text

1 What a hope we have! it is strong and sure,
Tho’ the billows roar, it will still endure!
‘Tis the hope that rests, whether shade or shine,
On the Word of god, Rock of truth divine!

We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll;
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love.

2 Firm this anchor holds in the raging storm,
For the promise pledge will the Lord perform;
He will keep the soul that will trust His care,
Till the voyage shall end in the haven fair. [Refrain]

3 To the Saviour cling! In the tempest shock,
Let your anchor down to the living Rock;
Tides may rise and fall, it will still hold fast,
Till with joy you sing, “safe at home at last!” [Refrain]

Source: Worship and Service #27

Author: Priscilla J. Owens

Owens, Priscilla Jane, was born July 21, 1829, of Scotch and Welsh descent, and is now (1906) resident at Baltimore, where she is engaged in public-school work. For 50 years Miss Owen has interested herself in Sunday-school work, and most of her hymns were written for children's services. Her hymn in the Scotch Church Hymnary, 1898, "We have heard a joyful sound" (Missions), was written for a Sunday-school Mission Anniversary, and the words were adapted to the chorus "Vive le Roi" in the opera The Huguenots. [Rev. James Bonar, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix II (1907)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: What a hope we have! It is strong and sure
Title: We Have an Anchor
Author: Priscilla J. Owens
Refrain First Line: We have an anchor that keeps the soul



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